HRM Professionals Must Address the Skills Gap

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Skills Gap
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A principal in The Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, in New Jersey, Steven Darien draws on more than three decades of experience in human resources consulting. Steven Darien most recently served as the head of human resources at Merck & Co., Inc., where he played a central role in all HR activities at the company.

In today’s workplace, human resources departments consistently struggle to find high school and college graduates who are fully prepared for the workplace. Business and technology tend to transform rapidly, making it difficult to find candidates whose skills match the exact needs of the company.

To address the so-called “skills gap,” companies can work closely with learning institutions to develop specific skills. Companies can perform community outreach to younger students and their parents, teaching them about the importance of technical and middle-skill jobs. Coalitions of employers can work together to introduce groups of students to the workplace and explain what it means to work there.

From a talent development perspective, many companies offer internship or apprenticeship programs prior to making an offer of full employment. Workforce development initiatives such as participating in a local development board may also have a considerable impact.

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How to Tread Water Effectively

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As the CEO and chairman of the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, Steven M. Darien offers human resources management advice to businesses of all sizes. A fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, Steven M. Darien brings more than 30 years of experience to his position. In his time away from work, Mr. Darien enjoys staying active by swimming.

One of the first things novice swimmers learn is how to tread water. Treading water can help swimmers conserve energy if something occurs that prevents them from swimming, such as exhaustion or an injury.

To tread water, your body should be vertical, with your head above water. Your torso should remain as still as possible as your arms and legs do the work that keeps you afloat. Maintain a slow and steady breathing rate to conserve energy.

Spread your arms out to the side and move them backward and forward, with your palms pointing in the direction of movement each time. Moving your arms up and down wastes energy and causes you to bob up and down in the water.

Instead of kicking your legs, rotate them in opposite directions like an eggbeater. As one leg rotates outward, the other should be rotating inward. Mastering this technique takes practice but will save a great deal of energy.

Rutgers’ Three Hundred Years of Expansion and Excellence

 

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Steven M. Darien heads the team at the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, a strategy-focused human resources consulting firm dedicated to assisting clients in succession planning, executive development, communications, and other vital activities. An honors graduate of the economics program at Rutgers University, Steven M. Darien has built up three decades of experience in his field. He serves as member of the Rutgers board of trustees.

As the state university for New Jersey, Rutgers continues to hold a place among the leading institutions of higher learning in the country. One of only nine colleges to be established in pre-Revolutionary America, the school was founded by the Dutch Reformed Church and originally named Queen’s College. In 1825, it honored Colonel Henry Rutgers for his charitable gifts by bestowing his name on its campus.

During the time of the Civil War, Rutgers was designated New Jersey’s land-grant college, meaning that it would thenceforth be able to offer higher education to a wider range of students. After the First World War, the school opened its doors to women as well.

By the middle of the 20th century, Rutgers’ configurations had become largely what they are today, with the main college absorbing the College of South Jersey and Newark University and taking on the mantle of a state university.

Today, Rutgers’ total student body stands at about 50,000. Its campuses continue to offer innovative programs in fields as diverse as liberal arts and engineering, business and pharmacy.

Notable Alumni of Rutgers University

 

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A leader in human resources and performance enhancement, Steven M. Darien serves as the chairman and CEO of the Cabot Advisory Group. Steven M. Darien earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Rutgers University and has remained active with his alma mater ever since. Among other endeavors, he has chaired the Rutgers University Foundation’s Corporate Development Committee since 2009.

Founded in 1766, Rutgers University recently celebrated its 250th anniversary. Over the course of its history, the university has produced graduates who have made a difference in their communities and the world. A few notable alumni include the following:

1. George McLaughlin. A graduate of the School of Dental Medicine, George McLaughlin was one of the students who participated in the lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960. McLaughlin showed up to support the famous Greensboro Four, a group of African Americans who refused to leave a segregated lunch counter at a Woolworths store.

2. Bill Rasmussen. After earning an MBA from Rutgers, Bill Rasmussen created ESPN, the first 24-hour sports television network in 1979. Thanks to Rasmussen, millions of viewers enjoy coverage of sporting events such as March Madness and the College World Series.

3. Michael Gottlieb. Michael Gottlieb studied biological sciences at Rutgers and went on to investigate a rare form of pneumonia he noticed in a group of men in the Los Angeles gay community. Suspecting that the cause was a virus, he submitted a report of his discovery to the Centers for Disease Control, which confirmed two years later that the virus was what we now know as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

Three Tips for Warming Up Before You Swim

 

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With over 30 years of experience helping companies to manage human resources and organizational design, Steven M. Darien works as the chairman and CEO of the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC. Outside of his professional life, Steven M. Darien enjoys swimming.

Whether you are swimming competitively or just having fun, properly warming up will help ensure your safety, while also helping you get the most from your swim. Follow these three tips to help you prepare for your swim.

1. Use Swimming Fin s– Fins do a lot more of the work than your bare feet could, helping your arms slowly acclimate to swimming. According to the Somerset Valley YMCA’s director of swimming, Matthew Donovan, using flippers while you warm up can help prevent shoulder injury. Donovan claims he has not seen a single major shoulder injury in 13 years at the YMCA, attributing this statistic to swimmers warming up with flippers.

2. Start on Land – Before you even dip your toes in the water, consider stretching and warming up on land. Stretches and light cardio exercises such as jumping jacks or jogging help increase your blood flow, enabling you to swim more effectively and with less risk of injury.

3. Warm Up Mentally – Your body is not the only thing that benefits from a warm up. Preparing your mind for your swim helps ensure you retain any new information you learn. Mental preparation allows you to keep your head in the game, staying focused on your swim. Before you start your swim, take a moment to collect your thoughts. Breathe deeply and relax, letting go of or setting aside anything that might be distracting you.

George Street Playhouse Seeks Funds to Celebrate Its 40 Years

George Street Playhouse

 

As chairman and chief executive officer of the Cabot Group, Steven M. Darien oversees the strategic solutions firm’s daily operations. In these roles, he utilizes his 30-plus years of experience to provide organizational design, succession planning, and employee communication to the Bridgewater, New Jersey, company. Active within his community, Steven M. Darien holds positions with several noteworthy organizations, including George Street Playhouse, where he is the chairman.

Established in 1974, George Street Playhouse is a nationally recognized theater that represents several on- and off-Broadway productions. This regional theater, located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, offers five main-stage productions during its season. In addition to productions performed on site, it features a touring theater that travels to more than 250 schools in the tri-state area.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, George Street Playhouse aims to raise $500,000 divided among three separate funds. The artistic enhancement fund gives the theater an opportunity to mount larger-scale productions, such as musicals. Increasing the equipment replacement fund would allow the theater to replace a dimmer rack and purchase equipment that it currently rents. Contributions in the final category, the patron experience fund, would enable the theater to undergo upgrades to its facility, including handicap-accessible restrooms and cosmetic improvements.

Productions at New Brunswick’s George Street Playhouse

Steven M. Darien serves as CEO and chair of the management committee of the Cabot Group, a New Jersey human resources consulting firm. He has a great deal of experience in the field, including decades with Merck & Co., Inc., and has been recognized by his peers in the field on several occasions for the quality of his contributions to the art of human resources management. A supporter of numerous educational and cultural organizations, Steven M. Darien sits on the Board of Trustees of Rutgers University and serves as chairman of the George Street Playhouse.

Originally opened in a former supermarket on George Street in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the George Street Playhouse today occupies the former site of the New Brunswick YMCA, also on George Street. The playhouse serves as the professional theatrical arm of the New Brunswick Cultural Center, presenting a mix of new and classic productions and supporting a touring theater that performs for academic audiences. These productions are oriented around timely issues and have recently addressed such topics as cyber-bullying, tolerance, and health and wellness.

Recent productions at the George Street Playhouse have included Getting’ the Band Back Together; Clever Little Lies; I Love, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti; and a revival of Our Town. The playhouse also hosts guest productions, such as West Side Story and Bollywood Dreams. In addition, the George Street Playhouse offers a comprehensive range of educational opportunities in classes grouped by age.